Come and find out exactly why the South Shropshire Hills are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It's a veritable playground for walkers, cyclists and photographers. Not only are there several walks for all levels available from the front door but the Shropshire Way passes within one mile of Norbury which makes us an easy stop off for anyone trying to conquer its 139 mile route.
There are also a multitude of mountain bike trails on the nearby Long Mynd including Minton Batch which is often noted as being one of the best single track descents in the UK.
Shropshire is a treasure trove of historical sites and buildings. Below are just some of the highlights, listed in order of proximity to the Coach House in Norbury.
Norbury's Ancient Yew Tree: purported to be between 2500 and 2800 years old, the ancient Yew Tree in Norbury's All Saints Church yard measures 33 feet in girth and has to be seen to be believed. It is one of the oldest yew trees in Shropshire and has stood proudly in its spot since long before the Sun Inn or the Coach House existed.
Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle A Bronze Age stone circle, the focus of many legends, set in dramatic moorland on Stapeley Hill. It once consisted of some 30 stones, 15 of which are still visible. Just 7 miles away.
Clun Castle The dramatic riverside ruins and extensive earthworks of a Welsh Border castle, its tall 13th century keep unusually set on the side of its mound. Less than 10 miles away.
Montgomery Castle is a stone masonry castle looking over the town of Montgomery in Powys, mid Wales. It is one of many Norman castles on the border between Wales and England.Only 11.5 miles away.
Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group. Only 13 miles away.
Acton Burnell Castle The red sandstone shell of a semi-fortified tower house, built between 1284-93 by Bishop Burnell, Edward I's Lord Chancellor. Parliaments were held here twice, in 1283 and 1285. Only 15.6 miles away.
Langley Chapel A small chapel tranquilly set all alone in charming countryside. Its atmospheric interior contains a perfect set of 17th century timber furnishings, including a musicians' pew. Only 16.9 miles away.
Powis Castle & Gardens is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion located near the town of Welshpool. The castle is renowned for its attractive, formal gardens, terraces, parkland, deer park and landscaped estate. It is less than 17 miles away.
Shrewsbury Only 17 miles away has over 600 listed buildings to discover, many of them medieval or Tudor. Its most famous landmarks are Shrewsbury Castle and Shrewsbury Abbey. The delightful county town has a range of shops, restaurants & festivals.
Ludlow Castle one of the finest medieval ruined castles, set in spectacular Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb black & white bustling market town.Only 17.6 miles away.
Wenlock Priory The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of beautiful Much Wenlock. Only 21 miles away.
Wroxeter is on the site of the Roman city Viroconium Cornoviorum, which was the fourth largest civitas capital in Roman Britain. Only 21 miles from the Coach House in Norbury.
Ironbridge Gorge This world heritage site is known throughout the world as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. The bridge at Ironbridge, the world's first bridge constructed of iron, had a considerable influence on developments in the fields of technology and architecture. Only 28 miles away.
The Severn Valley Railway is a full-size standard-guage railway line running regular, mainly steam hauled passenger trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire which is only 33 miles from the Coach House. A must for all train enthusiasts.
Shropshire is perfect walking country and being located amongst the Shropshire Hills AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) as we are, you are guaranteed some of the most majestic views in the land as you tramp quietly through the byways and footpaths of this beautiful county.
The Coach House has everything the walker needs including laminated maps and walking guides, a room for drying out your kit and leaving your muddy boots, great home cooked food, a well stocked bar and some comfy sofas to relax in after a hard days walking. We also have two wood burning stoves in the lounge area. Our new Clearview stove is probably our favourite thing in the Coach House at the moment.
One of our rooms has its own private bathroom with enormous roll top bath for a long soak after a longer walk and all of our rooms have large luxurious beds with very comfortable mattresses to rest those weary legs on.
We are also more than happy to make up delicious packed lunches for you to take on your strolls and keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
Some walking highlights include;
The Shropshire Way passes less than a mile from Norbury and can be accessed from our front door.
The Kerry Ridgeway starts from Bishop's Castle less than 5 miles away.
Offa's Dyke passes just behind us near Church Stoke which is less than 10 miles away
The Jack Mytton Way crosses the Long Mynd less than 4 miles away
One of the best resources for local walking routes can be found here
If you are in to road or mountain biking then you have come to the right place. Our roads weave through breathtaking scenery and are almost completely traffic free. If you want to venture off road then we are spoilt for terrain and the area is well supported by several specialist stores.
The hallowed Eastridge Woods are less than 10 miles away.
The Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike and Outdoor Pursuit Centre is only 10 miles way by road. Its just the other side of the Long Mynd, with its wealth of trails and batch descents. See a map here.
Check out Stretton Hills Biking Org portal here. Its a great resource for local mountain biking activity.
The Jack Mytton Way is Shropshire's long distance bridleway (for use of those on foot, bicycle or horseback). It crosses the Long Mynd less than 4 miles away from the Coach House.
There are over 30 fabulous golf courses to experience in Shropshire. Here are just a few of the best and those that are closest to the Coach House.
Church Stretton Golf Course , the third highest golf course in the UK is only 5 miles away
Arscott Golf Club 13.3 miles away
Shrewsbury Golf Club 17 miles away
St. Giles Golf Club 9 hole course only 19 miles away
Ludlow Golf Club 20 miles away
Llanymynech Golf Course 27.5 miles away.
Oswestry Golf Club is only 28 miles away.
Hawkstone Park where Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam both learnt their game is only 31 miles away.
Bridgnorth Golf Club is only 31.8 miles away.
Shifnal Golf Club is less than 34 miles away.
Lilleshall Hall Golf Course is only 37 miles away.
Shropshire Golf Centre is only 35 miles away.
Fast flowing rivers like the Severn, Teme, Tern and Perry all flow through Shropshire as well as the slower Shropshire Union and Montgomery Canals.
There are more than 10 still-water fisheries nearby too.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, don't be put off by the quiet nature of Shropshire's pastoral idyll. There is plenty to keep you occupied if you are feeling adventurous.
Hot air ballooning, rally schools, quad biking and activity centres to name just a few.
There is also archery, clay pigeon shooting, parachute and flying clubs and the Long Mynd gliding club which you can see from the windows of the Coach House